FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez has become a former member of the New England Patriots after becoming a guest of the Massachusetts penal system.
Hernandez has been arrested and charged with murder in the in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home.
Prosecutors say Lloyd had angered Hernandez at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people. Authorities say Hernandez drove Lloyd to a secluded gravel road before shooting him multiple times.
The Patriots released the tight end less than two hours after his arrest and before he was charged. The Pats issued a statement saying the team believed the decision to release him was "simply the right thing to do."
Hernandez could get life in prison without parole if convicted.